Giorgio Contini is Researcher and Laboratory Head at the Istituto di Struttura della Materia (ISM), National Research Council (CNR) and Acting Professor at the Physics Department, Tor Vergata University, Roma, Italy. Born in Roma (Italy), he got a PhD in Materials for Health, Environment and Energy from University “Tor Vergata”, Roma, Italy and a MSc in Physics from University “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy. Since 2002 he is the head of the SAMOS (Self-Assembled Materials On Surfaces) Lab. Since 1990 he is leader for the CNR unit of various scientific activity and contracts, funded by European community and Research and Education Ministry of Italy. He is the scientific coordinator of projects on different European synchrotron radiation sources and thesis supervisors. He is member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Italian Physical Society (SIF) and Italian Society of Synchrotron Light (SILS). Editorial Board Membership: International Journal of Nanoscience, Current Physical Chemistry. Research areas of interest are Surface Science, Organic molecules, Nanostructured Materials. Research sub-fields: self-assembled molecular structures, 2D polymerization, supramolecular assemblies, chirality, advanced spectroscopic techniques, synchrotron radiation.
The research activity has been developed in the molecular physics and chemical physics of surfaces fields. The main actual research interest is the study of organic molecules both in gas phase and adsorbed on surfaces, with particular emphasis to chiral surfaces and surface-confined polymerization by Ullmann and Schiff-base coupling reactions. The principal aim of the research is the developing of devices based on molecules to be used in electronic and as sensors. Basic studies are devoted to the determination of binding, growing mechanism, geometry and orientation of the molecules on different surfaces. Results obtained in gas-phase are correlated with those obtained on surfaces. The properties of nanostructured materials, and the control of their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates are studied by using traditional and advanced spectroscopic techniques by laboratory and synchrotron radiation sources: photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, UPS and ARUPS), Auger (AES), near edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS, XANES), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and circular dichroism in the angular distribution of photoelectrons (CDAD).